The Inland Empire (or “the IE”) enjoys a lower cost of living than the rest of the state. For example, the San Bernardino housing market is 25 percent more affordable than its immediate neighbors, and even less expensive than other regions of the country.
Life in the Inland Empire
Known locally as the "high desert" for its northern plateau and the "low desert" for its southern valleys, the Inland Empire enjoys a generally Mediterranean climate with local extremes, from the arid environs of the Coachella Valley to the alpine air of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Residents enjoy a diverse region of vast deserts and high mountain forests as well as abundant opportunities to stay active. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking, camping, and horseback riding. The mountains offer over 100 miles of trails, fishing and boating, and a variety of ski and snowboarding slopes in the winter season. Along with recreation venues, the IE's cultural attractions include live theater and musical performances, malls and factory outlet stores, and local vineyards.
Of the many active adult communities in the region, there are several currently offering newly built homes. These Inland Empire communities come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they're in affordable price ranges for active adult homebuyers looking for their ideal California community.
High $400s - Mid $500s
Esperanza is a new 55+ community offering new construction single-family homes. This active adult community's prime location puts residents close to Los Angeles as well as Eastvale, but it offers a lot of recreation and entertainment on its own.
Esperanza residents will have access to a large clubhouse with a number of gathering spaces, a bar, a catering kitchen, a fitness center, and activity rooms. Outside, cabanas will line the resort-style swimming pool area and relaxing spa. Parks, trails, bocce ball courts, and pickleball courts will also be available.
Lennar Homes began construction of Esperanza in 2019 with plans to build 464 single-family homes. Homes are divided into three distinct communities with properties ranging from 1,381 to 2,135 square feet. Floor plans in this community have been designed to provide a modern living space for active adults who value comfort and luxury.
High $100s - High $300s
Village Grove is an active lifestyle community with new single-family homes for sale. The community’s location gives residents easy access to shopping and dining, entertainment options, medical facilities, and daily conveniences. Downtown Ontario is also nearby, offering homeowners even more options when it comes to entertainment.
Residents can enjoy amenities such as a clubhouse with ample multipurpose space for gathering with friends and neighbors. Outside the clubhouse, homeowners can enjoy the pool and patio.
The manufactured homes of Village Grove range from 1,140 to 1,760 square feet. The single-family homes have two to three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Low $300s - Mid $400s
Altis is a resort-style 55+ community in Beaumont. This active adult development will include 704 single-family homes when completed. Pardee Homes is building single-level homes with master suites in a variety of floor plans and styles.
At the center of the community will be the 16,000-square-foot VuePoint Residents' Club. Homeowners will have access to a fitness center as well as a movement studio for yoga and stretching classes. There will also be an arts and crafts studio in a tranquil setting as well as a great room for parties and events for the whole community.
Outdoors, residents will find a resort-style swimming pool, a lap pool, a poolside lounge, and a barbecue area. Altis will also include 22 acres of parks and natural spaces with many walking trails to explore.
High $400s - Mid $600s
In the Temescal Valley between Corona and Lake Elsinore, Terramor is an award-winning master-planned community. The development features four 55+ neighborhoods: Ardena, Cortina, Sterling, and Oakton. Together, these neighborhoods offer 350 luxury ranch-style homes. Upon completion, this Inland Empire community will consist of 1,443 single-family homes across 16 neighborhoods.
The Terrace Club boasts 20,000 square feet of amenities exclusively for 55+ residents. The clubhouse includes a gym and wellness studio, an indoor saltwater swimming pool, saunas, locker rooms, multipurpose meeting rooms, and an arts and crafts studio.
Outside, residents will have access to a resort-style swimming pool and spa, an outdoor living space with a fireplace, a pavilion with a bar, and a cooking area.
A new active adult community in San Jacinto, Maravilla Estates, will be a neighborhood of 218 single-family residences constructed by DCI Homes.
These ranch-style homes come in four models with one to two bedrooms, two baths, and attached two-car garages. They'll range from 1,502 to 1,652 square feet and offer breakfast bars in the kitchen, walk-in closets, and fireplaces.
A 7,000-square-foot clubhouse at Maravilla Estates will feature the Courtland Fitness Center with locker rooms, the Monaco Lounge for relaxing, a multipurpose and card room, a catering kitchen, a ballroom, and the Alexandria Library.
Low $300s - Mid $300s
The Retreat at Holiday is an active adult community being developed by D.R. Horton. Construction on the community began in 2006, and the community plan calls for 108 homes. Floor plans range from 1,665 to 2,028 square feet with two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. The homes include features like first-floor living areas, modern kitchens, and private yards with shaded patios.
At the entrance is the large clubhouse. It features an exercise room, a hobby and game room with table tennis and billiards, and a kitchen. Outdoors, residents have access to a lap pool surrounded by a patio.